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Jaco back
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 15:45
Jacques-Louis Potgieter © Vodacom Blue BullsJaco van der Westhuyzen will be back in a Vodacom Blue Bulls jersey for the first time in almost three years after receiving clearance from Saru to play against the Eagles in George on Friday.

Van der Westhuizen’s presence will make a huge difference to a side that has been plagued by injuries of late. Richard Bands is one of the latest casualties and he had to go under the knife to remove some cartilage in his knee. Bands has been on the road to fitness and even though he should only be sidelined for two weeks it still comes as a huge blow to the big man.

Danie van der Merwe will also not be on the bench as was initially the case after a shoulder injury sustained at the SA under-21 trials and he will be replaced by the versatile Joey Mongalo.

Mongalo and Frikkie Welsh have traveled with the squad as backup, as the team will remain in the south for their next match against the Elephants.

Last week, the Blue Bulls caused an upset by comprehensively beating the log leaders the Valke with a depleted side. If having your back against the wall helped inspire the side, then more of the same can be expected this week, because the injury list is longer than Jacob Zuma’s rap sheet.

The Following players are all currently unavailable: Danwel Demas (cheek bone, 8 weeks), Hilton Lobberts (vertebra, 6 weeks), Chiliboy Ralepelle (ankle, 2 weeks), Kennedy Tsimba (knee, 4 months), Richard Bands (knee, 2 weeks), Wium Arlow (wrist, 8 weeks), Dylan Des Fountain (groin, 6 weeks), Danie van der Merwe (shoulder, 2 weeks).

The Eagles have been struggling in the competition thus far, but with their first win coming last week, their tails will be up in the air.

15. Hennie Daniller
14. Luvuyo Mhlobiso
13. Riaan van der Bergh
12. Jacques-Louis Potgieter
11. Trompie Nontshinga
10. Jaco van der Westhuyzen
9. Neil Powell (v/c)
8. Emile Verster
7. Johan Wasserman (c)
6. Gerhard Human
5. Cliff Milton
4. Adriaan Fondse
3. Ruan Vermeulen
2. Kobus van der Walt
1. Harry Vermaas

16. Bandise Maku
17. Werner Kruger
18. Wilhelm Steenkamp
19. Derick Kuün
20. Joey Mongalo
21. Len Olivier
22. Marius Delport

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Venue: ABSA Park
Date: 6 May Time: 12:30
Full fixtures

Vodacom Blue Bulls1241
Medicover Valke1140
@lantic Pumas1232
Fidentia Boland Cavaliers1131
Vodacom Western Province1131
Vodacom Cheetahs1131
Wildeklawer Griquas1130
Impala Leopards1129
Mighty Elephants1118
Border Bulldogs1113
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29 April
Blue Bulls 45 - 35 W. Province
28 April
Elephants 20 - 71 Wildebeest
Bulldogs 46 - 35 Leopards
Griquas 49 - 15 Eagles
Valke 29 - 36 Cavaliers
Lions 17 - 42 Cheetahs
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